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August 28, 2014 | NPR · The nine-note tune made famous in Carl Douglas’ 1974 song has served as a stereotype of Asian music since the 19th century.
 

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August 27, 2014 | NPR · African psychedelia, funked-up Indian bhangra and haunting music from France by way of Cuba — a deep treasure trove of cuts to end your summer on a high note.
 

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August 23, 2014 | NPR · A veteran of Little Joy and Los Hermanos, Amarante makes warm, tender music as a solo artist. Here, he strips songs from Cavalo down to their essence using just his voice and a guitar from the ’30s.
 

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August 7, 2014 | WXPN · A look at unexpected musical hybrids: what happens when Mexican and Indian styles meet, and more.
 

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August 7, 2014 | NPR · Jason Hamacher wasn’t trained as a photographer, a musicologist or a member of a religious community. The former Frodus drummer simply felt compelled to document this music.
 

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August 6, 2014 | WXPN · Hear the 82-year-old Jamaican guitarist, arranger and legend perform four songs in the studio.
 

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August 3, 2014 | NPR · The Trinidadian soca star is ready to follow up on the success of his breakthrough single, “Differentology.”
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · This month, we’re rounding up five fabulous reissues from Spain, Cambodia, Nigeria, Greece and Algeria, made between the 1920s and ’70s. They still sound fresh and innovative.
 

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July 29, 2014 | NPR · The roots reggae singer has played to thousands and appeared on Jimmy Fallon, but he says he is only willing to go a certain distance to please the mainstream.
 

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July 24, 2014 | WXPN · Accomplished musician, producer and Latin music expert Rachel Faro joins us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fania Records.
 

 

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September 2, 2014 | NPR · Two U.S. news organizations, CNN and the Associated Press, were granted interviews with three men detained by North Korean authorities.
 

September 2, 2014 | NPR · In a new video released by the militant group Islamic State, American journalist Steven Sotloff appears to be killed by extremists associated with the group.
 

September 2, 2014 | NPR · To reduce the number of giant bluefin tuna killed by fishing fleets, the U.S. is putting out new rules about commercial fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and parts of the western Atlantic.
 

Arts & Life

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September 2, 2014 | NPR · For iPad users who are nostalgic for the clickety-clack of keystrokes and “ding!” of the carriage return, Hanks has created Hanx Writer, an app that simulates using a typewriter.
 

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September 2, 2014 | NPR · Growing up, I knew two kinds of apples: red and green. Then I started dating an apple enthusiast and discovered we are in the midst of a rare apple renaissance.
 

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September 2, 2014 | NPR · Also: the man who dug through John Updike’s trash; a new biography of Robin Williams.
 

Music

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September 2, 2014 | NPR · The instrumental hip-hop band’s third record is their first of completely original material.
 

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September 2, 2014 | NPR · “The music that I make can be related to anybody all over the world,” Sinkane’s Ahmed Gallab says of his uprooted life, which informs a masterful blend of R&B, shoegaze, African and country music.
 

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September 2, 2014 | WXPN · Chicago folk artist Crow Moses is a veteran of sorts in his city’s music scene, but the name might not be familiar.
 

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